PGR Students

About the programme

The programme is aimed at postgraduate research students with little/or no experience in teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education (HE), but who may be engaged in a minimum of 15 hours teaching and/or supporting learning over the duration of the course.

It introduces PGR students to core teaching and learning skills, is underpinned by the professional standards which govern UK higher education (UKPSF) and is informed by the Researcher Development Framework, particularly Domain D3.

The PGR programme is jointly run by the Doctoral School and TALENT.   Find out more about the structure and length of the PGR programme.

Why is this relevant to me?

As a student, the programme supports your professional development and contributes to developing transferable skills which will enhance your employability. Gaining professional recognition from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy or HEA) is a portable asset which will support any career plans you have.

What do I need to do?

Once you’re registered, it is expected that you will:

  • Undertake a minimum of 15 hours of tutoring/demonstrating (normally concurrent with the award)
  • Attend all of the workshop sessions for which you are registered
  • Participate in pre- and post- workshop tasks as requested
  • Authenticate your effective practice through:
    • Being observed by a member of the programme team at least once
    • Observing your supervisor/lecturer teach at least once
    • Gathering evaluation feedback from students
  • Engage with your mentor
  • Complete your portfolio assessment

Find out how the PGR route to Advance HE fellowship meets the TALENT Principles.

To find out more about the programme, please email